Brodhead man makes offer for Newark school
ORFORDVILLE Well, that was fast.
After unanimously approving a plan Monday to list Newark Elementary School for sale for $135,000, the Parkview School Board got an offer to buy the building during its regular meeting.
Superintendent Steve Lutzke identified the potential buyer as Paul Britton.
Britton of Brodhead is set to make a formal offer today, Lutzke said.
The asking price for the school was based on results of an appraisal ordered in May, Lutzke said. He declined to comment further on the sale, as it is not yet finalized.
The district closed the rural elementary school due to declining enrollment and budget cuts after classes ended in June. Former students at the school will be consolidated into Footville and Orfordville schools in the fall.
Board members on Monday also approved changing the names of Footville Elementary to Parkview Primary and Orfordville Elementary to Parkview Elementary.
"It will be one piece of the puzzle," Lutzke said. "It will identify all the schools as part of the Parkview community rather than as a separate village."
The board voted unanimously to approve that motion as well.
Lutzke said the decision had widespread support within the board as a measure to bring community schools together.
Administrators sought suggestions from staff members, and the two names chosen seemed the most logical, he said.
Also at Monday's meeting, the board voted on membership fees for the Parkview Fitness Center. The school's weight room has been open to the community in past years, with fees charged at previous times, Lutzke said.
Reinstating a membership fee would help the district, which struggled to fund the facility without a revenue source to maintain the equipment and pay a supervisor, he said.
The board has yet to set operating hours for the fitness center, but it approved these annual fees:
-- $25 for senior citizens.
-- $50 for single district residents/$150 for non-residents.
-- $100 for a couple in the district/$200 for non-residents.